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English / French

Wednesday May 4, 2016 - 1pm-2pm EDT

The National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE: is a knowledge transfer and exchange network dedicated to improving the care of older adults in Canada and abroad. One of the main approaches for knowledge transfer has been the development of 'pocket' tools that address the core challenges of aging. 

NICE has developed over 100 pocket tools in the areas of financial literacy, mental health, dementia care, end-of-life issues, caregiving, the law and aging, and elder abuse. However, there has been no formal evaluation to date on the impact of these tools. 

To address this gap in knowledge, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada funded pan-Canadian initiative is being undertaken by Dr. Lynn McDonald (principal investigator) to evaluate the impact of NICE's pocket tools. 

For this webinar, you will be provided with
1. An overview of the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly;
2. a description of some of the available NICE elder abuse tools;
3. the goals and methods for evaluating NICE pocket tools;
4. preliminary findings on NICE pocket tool use across Canada, with a focus on the elder abuse tools.

The presentation will be in English. PowerPoint slides will be available in English and French.

Who should attend 
Individuals and organizations across Canada involved in the protection and well-being of elders and in the prevention of elder abuse.

Advisor on tap

HitzigSander Hitzig, Ph.D., is a Scientist at St-John's Rehab (SJR) Research Program (Sunnybrook Research Institute), adjunct faculty member in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University, and Affiliate Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.  Prior to his appointment at SJR, he worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Life Course & Aging (Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work) at the University of Toronto where he was overseeing the evaluation project of NICE pocket tools. Dr. Hitzig holds a PhD in Psychology and his research program is focused on aging and disability, technology evaluation, and identifying factors that promote long-term health and well-being for disabled and vulnerable populations in the community.


MirzaRaza M. Mirza, Ph.D., recently completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto's Institute for Life Course & Aging and is currently the Network Manager for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE;, a knowledge transfer network in the field of aging.  Dr. Mirza received his MSc and PhD degrees from the Graduate department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toronto's Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. His areas of research interest include the socio-behavioral determinants of health in persons aging with a chronic illness, and factors influencing late-life social, mental and physical well-being.




KLau photoMs. Karen Lau is a Research Officer at the Institute for Life Course and Aging at the University of Toronto. She manages the day-to-day operations of the SSHRC evaluation project on NICE pocket tools. Ms. Lau holds an MA in Psychology from Ryerson University and has worked as a Research Coordinator for the past 5 years at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute. She was primarily involved in research that studied cognitive aging, memory and attention. 



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